TQ4260 : Looking across the approach to the Sandwalk

taken 1 year ago, near to Downe, Bromley, Great Britain

Looking across the approach to the Sandwalk
Looking across the approach to the Sandwalk
Down House was the home of Charles Darwin (1809 - 1882) who lived here for 40 years, from 1842 until his death. Down House was also home to Darwin's wife Emma, their ten children, domestic staff, and various pets and livestock. Situated in rural Kent, the house offered all the peace and privacy that Darwin needed to work on his scientific theories and it was here that he developed his theory of evolution by natural selection and wrote "On the Origin of Species by Natural Selection" which was published in 1859.

The Sandwalk was Darwin's 'thinking path' where he strolled three times a day, formulating his ideas. He kept a pile of stones at the side of the path and would kick away a stone with each lap to keep track of how far he had walked. This view looks across the start of the Sandwalk from the public footpath which comes from Luxted Road and crosses the Sandwalk approach before continuing to the side of West Kent Golf Course. The view from the other side of the hedge looking along the approach to the Sandwalk can be seen at LinkExternal link

Although now in the London Borough of Bromley, Down House and surroundings still feel incredibly remote and peaceful, especially the views to the west. Down House is owned now by English Heritage.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 27 July, 2017   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 4298 6098 [10m precision]
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 4299 6101
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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